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“Overrated, Boring”

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Karma Royal Candidasa
Ranked #6 of 20 Hotels in Candidasa
Certificate of Excellence
Newcastle, australia
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“Overrated, Boring”
Reviewed June 15, 2008

Time share based resort located about 8mins drive South of Candi Dasa in the village of Manggis. The resort itself is lovely, don't get us wrong. The rooms were a good size, two BRs, two bath, small living area and kitchenette. Rooms were run down and our white tiles looked like someone had dragged an engine block across them. They had in-ground oil stains all through the unit. The rooms were clean though and well cleaned during our stay. The kitchen needed an urgent upgrade as the wobbly, slate-tile bench-tops are so 80's. We have four kids, two of whom were supposed to sleep on the pull-out sofa. Unfortunately, the sofa bed had three broken welds and refused to pull out, so the kids slept on a mattress on the floor. The poor staff did not know what to do, as the sofa was very heavy and we were in an upstairs unit. Co-incidentally maybe, but those two kids got very sick and the doctor had to be called. The doctor, might I add was very nice, very quick and dispensed medicines that saw a quick recovery. Travel insurance will cover that, so we're not worried about the cost, but the inconvenience and worry surely weren't needed. The resort has a beautiful open air restaurant that serves gorgeous food. The only problem being, it is triple the price of that offered in the nearby laneway, less than 50m away. Warm beers that were 36000rp at the resort, were 16000rp across the road, ice cold. We actually found eating in Candi Dasa the best. Reduced tourism has meant most restaurants pick up and deliver for free. So you go in for lunch, have a look around, come home for a swim and relax, then go back in for tea/drinks and get dropped home at your convenience. Cafe Wayan we found to be excellent value and quality. A mini-mart in town offers cheap supplies and the resort offer a free, but inconvenient shuttle service to and from. Otherwise it is 20000rp ($2.50) each way. There is no beach front as the surrounding reef was mined and crushed for lime many years ago and the coast line is now open to mother nature, which has kindly removed it of sand. Only rounded, black, volcanic rock remains. Google Earth has a shot of the beach front. The pool at the resort is far too small. At the end of the day, there is little to do but relax and sit around the pool. (which is why we actually chose to stay here) Unfortunately, when all the resort is doing this every afternoon, it is standing room only in the pool. This place is nice, but not worth the price.

  • Liked — restaurant, and the staff
  • Disliked — prices at the restaurant
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
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Property: Karma Royal Candidasa
Address: Jl. Villa Kandara | Puri Buitan Manggis, Candidasa, Karangasem 80871, Indonesia (Formerly Royal Candidasa: Royal Bali Beach Club)
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Karangasem > Candidasa
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Candidasa
#4 Family Hotel in Candidasa
#5 Spa Hotel in Candidasa
Number of rooms: 190
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Royal Resorts: Royal Bali Beach Club at Candidasa, located on Balina beach on the outskirts of Candidasa, is the perfect site for anyone seeking relaxation and peace in a stunning location. The ambiance is uniquely Balinese with traditional architecture and stone carvings of ancient Gods, which adorn the surroundings. A combination of beautifully furnished studio, one and two bedroom apartments surround lush gardens, the pool and outdoor Jacuzzi lead directly onto the beach. The international restaurant caters for all tastes and regular entertainment evenings are staged. There is a comprehensive excursion programme offered on-site giving guests a combination of relaxation and adventure. Diving, snorkeling and fishing are extremely popular activities here and the local fishermen land their daily catch of fresh seafood right on the beach in the same way that they’ve done it for hundreds of years. The verdant hills behind provide a variety of lovely walks and some optional hard climbs, whilst the town of Candidasa offers shopping and dining experiences for all. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
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